Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese New York based self-taught jazz pianist
who has been
dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams
which are most
evident in his second album "Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic", and in his newly
“Peninsular” which fuses jazz with the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula.
Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, Tarek has been fortunate to
stage with luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein, Esperanza Spalding, and
Sanchez during the inaugural and the sixth editions of the International Jazz Day, at the UN Assembly
Hall in New
York and the Teatro de la Habana, Cuba, respectively.